Even though nothing beats being in New England in the fall, that sadly isn't a possibility for everyone. Fortunately, the internet can transport you to scenic spots to join the throngs of "leaf peepers" who descend on the U.S. Northeast each autumn. A number of organizations have set up "Leaf Cams" on the web so you can follow the season's progression from the comfort of your own home.
These webcam snapshots and live streaming video images can also be helpful if you are headed out to explore New England or New York State in the fall, providing a sneak preview of what you'll see when you arrive. Because many factors influence the speed at which autumn's colors blaze and fade, webcams provide up-to-date visual information that can help you to pinpoint the best places for an autumn drive or hike.
Fall Foliage Webcams
The following webcams give you local views of all the New England states, plus two bonus cameras that show New York. Wherever you're planning to spend fall in the Northeast, you can make sure you're arriving to see fall foliage at its peak.
- Vermont View from Middlebury College Library
If you love libraries, check out this web camera that looks out from the Davis Family Library at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. It frames such a pretty view. Refresh the page for ever-changing scenes during the fall season.
- The Yankee Magazine Headquarters and Tree Cam
Thanks to these two fall foliage cameras at Yankee magazine headquarters in Dublin, New Hampshire, you can watch leaves live on-screen as they shed their green. The backyard cam is focused on a magnificent maple tree.
- Stonington Harbor Cam
A better view can change your whole attitude. This cam overlooking the harbor in Stonington, Maine, updates every 20 seconds, so you can watch the changing leaves in the foreground shift with the sea breezes.
- Boston College Webcams
Ah... remember fall days spent on campus? These live-action webcams from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, will whisk you right back to those days of youthful simplicity. The Boston Skyline and Gasson Quad cams are your best bets for spying trees with colorful leaves.
- Burlington and Lake Champlain Webcam
This view of Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont, courtesy of CAMNET, shows the changing of the trees as it is updated every 15 minutes.
- Weirs Channel Cam
Trees frame this view of Weirs Channel in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. You'll be treated to a colorful fall foliage display as this camera provides an updated image every two to three minutes.
- A View from Blue Hill Observatory
From CAMNET, enjoy sweeping fall views from twin webcams positioned at historic Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, located atop a scenic mountain range south of Boston.
- Mt. Katahdin Cam
From 5 Lakes Lodge, this gorgeous view of Maine's mile-high Mt. Katahdin is framed in foliage, so click back often to watch for color changes. Images are updated continually.
- Killington Live Webcams
These four live cameras at Killington in Vermont give a glimpse of the leaves that decorate the beautiful mountain this season. One looks out over the Snowshed and one over the golf course, so take a look around at the leaves and the leaf peepers who are enjoying this scenic course during the final months of the golf season.
- New York State Thruway Cameras
It's easy to get distracted by the fall foliage views as you drive along scenic segments of the New York State Thruway. It's much safer to glimpse the fall colors from behind a monitor instead of behind the wheel. The New York State Thruway Authority has dozens of webcams positioned statewide. In just a few clicks, you can take a foliage tour of all of New York State.
- Fall at the Falls
A live view of Niagara Falls as fall descends—could anything be more soothing? This view provided by EarthCam, looking back at New York State from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, provides continually streaming views of this great natural wonder at a spectacular time of the year.